What is Tech Neck, and How Can Massage Help Alleviate It?

We rely on technology more than ever before as we spend time looking down at our phone or tablets or leaning forward to see our computer screen. Screen time has become an important way to work, get information, watch entertainment, and more, and it’s here to stay. Unfortunately, “tech neck” also comes along with screen time. This term refers to the pain and even injuries that can occur from hunching and leaning forward for hours day after day as we look at our screens.

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How the Power of Touch Brings Joy and Mindfulness into Your Life 

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s how we need human contact. Even as the pandemic weakens and you hope your life gets back to normal, you might fear it will never be the same again.

You’re not alone in this fear. After two years of touch deprivation, isolation and mask wearing, you’re slowly emerging into a pattern of normal daily life. But, things still don’t feel right after two years of eating alone and seeing coworkers on a video screen.

You might feel detached from the people you once worked beside every day. This deepens your anxiety and loneliness. As you quarantined and practiced social distancing due to COVID, the subtle signals of touching another person faded into the background.

Touch satisfies a basic need. It’s the road to peace for your inner self. You need touch as much as you need food and exercise.

Some municipalities and businesses still have mask mandates and social distancing in place because of the Omicron variant. So, how do you get a steady dose of touch back into your life?

Massage therapy can help you decrease the negative feelings from touch starvation. It’s a safe method to nurture your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual mindfulness.

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Go for the Gold: Massage Therapy for Athletes

Who else has been tuning into the Winter Olympics? Believe it or not, massage therapy plays an important role in these amazing athletes’ training regimen. Regular massage for athletes comes with multiple benefits, from reducing pain to decreasing recovery time. Whether you’re a professional snowboarder or enjoy playing beer league hockey, massage therapy can improve your physical fitness and performance too. Here are the top benefits of massage for athletes.

 

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Massage Therapy as Immune System Support

Aside from a balanced diet, taking part in regular exercise is key when you want to boost your immune system. But what else can you do to make your immune system stronger?

Ever tried massage therapy? Perhaps it’s time you did! Here’s why. Massage therapy releases the “feel-good” hormones to relax your body and give you a natural high. But it does more than that!

Research shows that individuals who undertake regular massage therapies enjoy healthier immune systems. That means whether or not you feel sick or tired, routine massage therapy will do you good.

Lets explore the potential benefits of massage therapy in boosting your immune system.

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Massage for Migraine Sufferers

It’s hard to attribute a single reason to be the cause of migraines. This is because you can develop migraines from something as simple as changing your environment. Plus, even after eating the wrong food. Or owing to complicated reasons like an abnormal brain structure besides a chemical imbalance.

To date, there’s no known cure for migraines. Even so, you can minimize the concern of throbbing pain by:

  • Removing stress and tension in your brain
  • Stimulating it to produce certain chemicals like serotonin through massage

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Assisted Stretching: Stretch Your Muscles and Your Massage Benefits

More than simply relaxing, massage can help rehabilitate sore muscles and assist in recovering from painful injuries. As part of a therapeutic massage, your massage therapist may use a technique called assisted stretching to add another layer to their muscle and tissue work.

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CBD Massage: Four Calming Benefits

Within the past few years, CBD’s popularity has exploded with an overwhelming range of CBD-related products. No matter where you go, you’re likely to hear about CBD and its uses. CBD is now in massage oils, body lotions, tinctures, and even gummies at grocery stores.

However, many of us don’t know what CBD is, how it’s made, how it works, or even the potential benefits of using it during a massage. Keep reading to understand more about it and learn about the surprising benefits of utilizing CBD in your wellness massages.

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Mindfulness and Massage

Many people associate getting a massage with emptying your mind to enjoy a total state of relaxation. Emptying one’s mind is not always as easy as it sounds, though, even when experiencing a relaxing massage.

Why is that?

Your mind simply isn’t designed to be empty. If you try to think about absolutely nothing, you are likely to experience all sorts of random thoughts that aren’t conducive to relaxation at all.

However if you practice mindfulness during your massage, you are likely to enjoy a much more therapeutic experience.

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Self-Care During Covid: 4 Easy Take-Aways

Remote work. Social distancing. Virtual learning for kids out of school. Things are pretty topsy-turvy and stressful right now. It makes it hard to even think about self-care. But even the CDC, aka the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that “now is the best time to carve out some ‘me’ time” to help you cope with life during a pandemic.

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What is a Gua Sha Facial?

While the concept of the gua sha facial has blossomed in terms of popularity over the last couple of years, the tools at the heart of this practice have been at work for centuries.

Gua sha (pronounced “gwah shah”) is a treatment that uses a flat jade stone that is lightly grazed over your skin. It’s derived from traditional Chinese medicine. It is similar to acupuncture in that it’s rooted in the idea of promoting qi, the flow and balance of the body’s energy.

Some potential gua sha facial benefits include:

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